This will be the AIWC’s third “St Valentine’s Cabaret Gala” and from all aspects, it promises to be the best ever. As most members know, this is one of our big social events of the year where the Club launches its annual fundraising kick-off drive to raise money for our Club and its designated charities. What’s more, it’s not only where we don our party dresses and get into the party mood, while sipping “spritz” to the nostalgic tunes emanating from the piano bar.
Our Cabaret has also become the capacity-filled evening where some of Geneva’s best collaborate with the AIWC in putting together an evening of good food and drink, great entertainment and contribute to a “Silent Auction” packed with enticing offers – all for a good cause.
- When: Saturday night, February 14, 2015
- Time: 18:30 Piano Bar 19:45 Sit-down Dinner 21:30 Cabaret
- Where: Salle communal of Cologny, 17, chemin de la Mairie, 1223 Cologny
- Parking /Bus : Parking Mairie, chemin de la Mairie Bus : A, stop Mairie
- Dress: Party Dress / Coat and Tie
- Reservations: AIWC Welcome Desk, 022.736.01.20
- Cost: CHF 100 pp AIWC members + one guest at same price; CHF 120 pp non-members
- Additional details: Space is limited so reserve your spot today! Block bookings also available for tables of 6-7 people. First come, first served. Please inform of any special dietary requests at least one week in advance. Requests for vegetarian menu must be received one week in advance of the event.
Here is just a glimpse of what’s in store for the first 80 sign-ups who are lucky enough to get a seat.
18:30-19:45 Apéro and Piano Bar
Our very popular and talented Chris Garland will be back at the keyboard and promises to provide lively and romantic rhythm, getting us in the swing of things by just simply doing the usual wonderful thing he does.
As these entertaining tunes set in, the Vini Del Grande cave will once again be offering its very special “spritz” of Prosecco and Aperol along with a selection of its special wines. You will also find a full range of refreshing Tropicana products from PepsiCo, Europe, our loyal and generous sponsor. And just to whet your appetite from the start, an assortment of Gourmet Brothers’ finest canapés and hors d’oeuvres will be served by third-year students from the Hotel School of Geneva.
18:30 – 21:30 “Silent Auction”
There is something for everyone at this year’s Silent Auction. From burger meals, to Michelin-starred gourmet meals, from spectacular vintage wines and fur-trimmed capes to cinema passes, thermal baths and live entertainment offers, check out some of the magnificent donations which will go to the highest bidder.
19:45-21:30 “Gala Dinner”
Our three-course meal will once again be catered by Benjamin Lutzuy’s “Gourmet Brothers”. This Vésenaz restaurant is correctly labeled “bistronomique” in the new 2015 Gault&Millau Restaurant Guide and to which we have received a gastronomic meal voucher to add to our Silent Auction offerings. Every effort will be made to meet special dietary needs provided that requests are received one week in advance of the event. Here is the planned menu:
- Starter: Foie Gras au Canard mi-cuit, chutney et coulis de coing
- Main Course: Epaule de veau en basse température, mousseline de chou-fleur et boulgour de romanesco, jus réduit
- Dessert: Infiniment chocolat et glace vanille de Tahaa; Coffee and Tea
- Beverages: For the selection of wines, Roger & Sarah Meylan, from La Vigne Blanche in Cologny, have selected local red and white wines to be served during the meal. Tropicana non alcoholic products and sparkling and carafes of flat water will also be served.
21:30-23:30 “CUPID’S FAMOUS ARROW”
Cupid’s Famous Arrow probes the magic–and minefields–of relationships. Featuring Allison Bryan and Musical Director Niall Bailey.
More about this year’s performers
American singer Allison Bryan lives in Geneva where she has entertained on exclusive stages for the last two decades, including the Kempinski, the Mandarin Oriental, the Beau-Rivage, and recently in concert at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices with West End luminaries Ruthie Henshall and John Owen-Jones. She received her professional training and degree from Brigham Young University where she studied Musical Theatre. Ms Bryan has been vocal coach for the young singers of Phil Collins’ Little Dreams Foundation, taught voice at the Ecole Internationale de Genève, and is on the teaching staff of Geneva’s Simply Theatre Academy. Her recent one-woman cabarets (“Part-Time Diva,” “Does This Song Make Me Look Fat?” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”) have been sell-out successes. Ms Bryan maintains an active voice studio, private coaching clientele, and varied performance schedule. She and her husband Matt are the proud parents of two teen daughters, and she is thrilled to be joining the AIWC this evening.
Niall Bailey lives in London where he is a musical director, orchestrator and producer. He was recently nominated for Best Musical Director for the production of “The Hired Man” (Landor Theatre). Theatre credits include: “Bernstein’s Mass”, “Sweeney Todd” (Royal Festival Hall, London); “The Hired Man” (Landor Theatre, Off-West End Award nomination for Best Musical Director); “Aladdin” (Salisbury Playhouse); “Jerry Springer The Opera”, “Moll Flanders”, “Spring Awakening”, “Guys and Dolls”, “Nine”, “The Baker’s Wife”, “My Favorite Year”, “When Midnight Strikes”, “Serious Money”, “Chaplin” and “Company” (all at the Guildford School of Acting); “Grand Hotel” (Mountview Academy); tours of “The Shakespeare Revue” and “Mephistopheles Smith”; “Honk” and “The Little Shop of Horrors” (Casino Theatre, Geneva); “Four Unlikely Lovers” (Jermyn Street Theatre and Trafalgar Studios), “The Lost Christmas” (Trafalgar Studios) and “With A Song In My Hart” (The Mill, Guildford).
Concert work includes ”Les Mis Gives” concerts with the West End cast of Les Misérables (2010 and 2011 casts with Matt Lucas and Norm Lewis); “Little Women” by Steven Luke Walker (Playhouse Theatre, London); “A West End Christmas” (St Paul’s, Covent Garden); “The Great British Musical” with Stephen Fry (Criterion Theatre); “A Spotlight on Jeremy Legat” (Landor Theatre), and “Chloe Hart In Cabaret” (Madame Jojo’s, London).
Orchestration work includes “The Hired Man” (Landor Theatre); “The Great British Musical” (Criterion Theatre); the European premiere of Ahrens and Flaherty’s “The Glorious Ones” (Landor Theatre), and the Les Misérables cast entry of West End Eurovision 2012.
Chris Garland, Piano Bar
Chris has trodden the Long and Winding Road of amateur performance and, As Time Goes By, he has found that he increasingly needs A Little Help from His Friends to summon up the Memories necessary to devise a play list for the “Ladies in Red at the Valentine’s Cabaret”.
From left to right, they are Robin Brown, David Pittuck, JohnTracey, Colin Richardson and Bill Nuttall. These harmonic singers all originate from the UK and have been singing together since first meeting up at a GAOS musical in the early 1970s. Since going their own way with “Barbershop”, they have been “singing for their supper” at endless music halls, cabarets, birthday parties, the International Women’s Club of Nyon and most recently at the AIWC’s Christmas Luncheon. Although they sing vintage melodies from both sides of the pond, many of their arrangements come from the American-based “Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Singing in America”.
Juliana Tarris, Mistress of Ceremony
The Special Events committee is very happy to announce that AIWC member, Juliana Tarris, will be our Mistress of Ceremony. Juliana joined the AIWC in early 2014 and is a professionally trained singer from New York. She lives in Geneva and sings both in a blues band and a medieval/Celtic quartet. She was recently a finalist in a Zoe Live talent contest sponsored by Leman Bleu TV, a local television station.
Collaborators supporting AIWC Special Events
Once again we are indebted to the Commune of Cologny for graciously agreeing to loan the Salle Communal to the AIWC and, in particular, to Mrs Isabelle Mili, who has again agreed to loan her Steinway piano to us for the evening. We are also honored to announce that Mrs. Catherine Pahnke, President of the Conseil Municipale of Cologny, will join us for the evening and give the official welcome.
For the third consecutive year, PepsiCo, Europe, will be our main sponsor. In addition, over 30 collaborators have generously agreed to contribute to our Silent Auction along with a number of anonymous donors. Without their support, the dedicated team of Club members working on the organizing committee with Special Events would not be able to put together such an outstanding event.
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